Following the success of Sacra/Profana Artistic Director Juan Carlos Acosta choral direction of San Diego Opera’s “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914,” the San Diego choral director returned with the Sacra/Profana chorus in a fine concert last weekend that smartly exceeded the expectations of traditional holiday programming.
A classic Christmas event continues in Coronado. For over 40 years, the Lamb’s Players Theatre has presented new holiday shows as part of an annual tradition, the Lamb’s Festival of Christmas, with this year’s offering being the original musical story Reaching for the Stars.
Ruben Valenzuela’s Bach Collegium San Diego gave an electric performance of J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Friday (December 14) in the capacious sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of San Diego. Sung in German by a strong 19 member chorus, accompanied by a fleet 25-piece period instrument ensemble, and guided by Artistic Director Valenzuela’s acute sense of Baroque period performance practice, this concert brought the audience amazingly close to Bach’s musical world.
The years slip sluggishly along in the retirement Florida of Lindsey Ferrentino’s ‘The Year to Come’ at the La Jolla Playhouse. But who cares?
Although the mandolin as a featured solo instrument is not one that symphony audiences regularly encounter, young mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital offered splendid concertos by J. S. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi with the San Diego Symphony last weekend.
Jane Austen’s works appear much more suited to Valentine’s Day rather than Christmas, but Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley features the type of love story one would expect from Austen with a wonderful Christmas background. New Village Arts Theatre’s production of the original comedy-drama sequel to “Pride and Prejudice” is a welcome addition to the holiday selections this December.